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By Derek Mead JOAN SHAW/SALENA JONES is American by birth but resident in England since 1965. Salena sings Jazz – Latin – Pop – Funk Gospel – Cabaret – Swing – Rhythm and Blues as the forerunner to rock’n’roll – and has extended to the standards of the The Great American Songbook and International best-sellers. […]

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Breakfast with: The Beverly Sisters

By Derek Mead WITH the recent death in October of Babs Beverley, it is time for some reflection on the Beverley Sisters trio which emerged from the war years to succeed in an era so different from the music and musicians of today. Only The Kaye sisters can be considered a good comparison, and they […]

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RUSTY YOUNG, founding member of Poco, songwriter, vocalist, et al, chats about Ann-Margret, sleepwalk, tap dancing, and more. By Jane Quinn RUSTY joined us on Planet Earth in 1946 as Norman Russell “Rusty” Young. He is, of course, the original POCO-man and the master of the pedal steel guitar; but did you know Rusty Young […]

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Junior Campbell: The life and times of a shy ...

By Peter Robertson FOR JUNIOR CAMPBELL and his fellow band members, the first few weeks of 1969 were definitely – in the slang of the time – ‘groovy’. Marmalade had just become the first Scottish group ever to reach No.1 in the charts. To a studio audience of mini-skirted fans – not to mention a […]

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Eddie Cochran, Remembering – nearly 50 ...

By Ian Wooley, former DJ and MD of Retro Nights IT WAS 20 years ago when local Eddie Cochran fan Ange­la Powell first laid a memorial on the Chippenham roadside verge where the 21-year-old Rock ‘n’ Roll singer’s hire car crashed one fatal night in April, 1960. The cream Consul in which he was traveling […]

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Faithful to the Bowie music – not just ...

By Martin Hutchinson HARD to believe, but it’s three years since David Bowie passed away, yet his leg­acy is still very much apparent today. There is a surfeit of Bowie tribute acts on the circuit, some of which are excellent, but they all have a certain ingredient missing – the magic of the man himself. […]

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Knights like this: The final joust

By Pete Langford WHOA: is it really coming up to 60 years for us Barron Knights. So many things, going back all those years, have stuck in my mind and will always be there. I was 15 when I bought my first guitar and luckily I met Butch who lived only three miles away.His dad […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jimmy Mack

SHARE A CUPPA TEA with American Broadcasting Legend Jimmy Mack speaks of Stones, Nehru Jackets and Goatees, WWII, AND MORE! Secret talents of an icon of our time JIMMY MACK is an American broadcasting icon. He is also the most youthful 96- year-old I am likely ever to share a cuppa tea with. The conversational […]

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Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming

Ahead of the 50th anniversary, Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming. The most interesting thing about looking back on artists from previous eras is often seeing which ones have withstood the test of time, or even which ones have become bigger than they ever were. A few obvious names come to mind: your Beatles and […]

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Still reelin’ and rockin’

Feb 2013 Still reelin’ and rockin’

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After a rather barren 2012, Cliff Richard fans have something to look forward to in 2013.

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Recipe for success – handcrafted

Feb 2013 Recipe for success – handcrafted

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[private]   In the words of the old song: ‘Take a pinch of white man’, add a mixture of Johnny Cash,  a track or two of Gene Vincent, stir with a gloved hand and a sample of black clothes, tip in a spot of Rhythm & Blues music  – and what have you got? The man known as the glove also has a touch of Bo Diddley and Stan...

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January Editorial

Jan 2013 January Editorial

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Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues has named The Shadows as one band with whom he would like to have played.

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Complete set of memories in a box of nostalgia

Jan 2013 Complete set of memories in a box of nostalgia

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T. REX – THE SLIDER: 40th ANNIVERSARY BOX SET

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OBITUARY: Patti Page

Jan 2013 OBITUARY: Patti Page

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The “Singing Rage” who sang one of the first hit records of the Top Twenty era, Tennessee Waltz, and made it one of the best-selling recordings ever, died on New Year’s Day in California, aged 85.

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Lifetime award for Rosemary

Jan 2013 Lifetime award for Rosemary

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SINGER Rosemary Squires was awarded the British Music Hall Society’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual ball on December 2.

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Bryan relives “The Roaring Twenties”

Jan 2013 Bryan relives “The Roaring Twenties”

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Bryan Ferry is to embark on an ambitious, big production tour this year featuring not only his usual band but also The Bryan Ferry Orchestra with whom he has just released the album ‘The Jazz Age’.

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Solo Hendrix experience on 12 new tracks

Jan 2013 Solo Hendrix experience on 12 new tracks

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A new album premiering 12 previously unreleased studio recordings by guitarist Jimi Hendrix is released by Experience Hendrix LLC and Sony Commercial Music Group on March 4.

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Wild historic rock ‘n’ roll ride

Jan 2013 Wild historic rock ‘n’ roll ride

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He was born on exactly the same day as Keith Richards. And as it turns out, the star sax player Bobby Keys is probably best known for his association with the Rolling Stones, which began back in 1969.

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‘Radical and tumultuous jazz period

Jan 2013 ‘Radical and tumultuous jazz period

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It is a book that is subtitled “British Jazz, 1960-1975” – and which, therefore, recalls a fervently radical and tumultuous period of jazz music.

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